My week of being solo is coming to a close and still hitting places that have been on “my list” for a while. Last night it was BPO, which I have wanted to try for quite a while despite the decidedly mixed (isn’t that an oxymoron?) reviews here. It is certainly a place that I so, so hoped would be good because I love the concept and the vibe. Haven’t been to Connie & Ted’s yet, but I love the idea of something derivative of a New England seafood shack (as I originate from Connecticut). Luckily, during the last few years of my 20 years in the Bay Area I lived down the street from The Yankee Pier in Larkspur (Marin County), and that was a very nice rendition of the concept. Last night, I enjoyed my solo meal at the bar, but the food was good but not great. I would return (in particular for the Ipswich clams that I did not try). I was jonesing for a lobster roll, and that’s where I started. It’s been reviewed here countless times already. It’s on the small side, esp for the price. The lobster could be more flavorful, but, while I usually choose warm butter, I went with the default salad style/mayo dressing this time; and, happily, true to their word, the dressing was lightly administered and didn’t overwhelm the lobster (but the lobster itself, while fine, could have been better – not sure why, maybe needed more of the succulent body meat with claw meat mixed in). Then again, I could draw an off-color analogy here and say that, like some other things, even a less-than-stellar lobster roll is still enjoyable. I could have done without the topping of chives, however. Then I tried the clam chowder. While it was not horrendously thick like some bad versions, it was still too a bit heavy in texture and too light on clams and clam flavor. If you’ve ever had the buttery, clammy chowder at Swan Oyster Depot in SF, you’ll know what I crave. Certainly not enough clams here, and the advertised bacon was undetectable. I also thought it could have done without the spicy heat; I would have preferred to add my own hot sauce. Again, though, it wasn’t great, I finished every drop and would probably order it again when I return. Finally, had a few raw clams (little necks) on the half shell, and they were super. Some nice selections of wine by the glass and the service was totally terrific – super friendly and attentive. Really good place to dine solo.